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Scurvy is vitamin C deficiency. The condition can cause issues such as anemia, exhaustion, or spontaneous bleeding. Other complications include pain in the limbs, particularly the legs, and swelling throughout the body. Scurvy can lead to ulceration of the gums, and tooth loss. People who do not get enough vitamin C may be in danger of contracting scurvy. Although the condition is uncommon, it can be fatal. Keep reading to learn more facts about scurvy.

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1. Why Do You Need Vitamin C?

Your body needs vitamin C to make collagen, an essential element in the creation and maintenance of connective tissue. The structure and health of your body, including the construction of blood vessels, depend on connective tissues. A lack of vitamin C will also affect the immune system, absorption of iron, metabolism of cholesterol, and other functions.

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